With another year coming to an end, it’s time to reflect and set our goals and intentions for the upcoming year. If you often write down resolutions that don’t materialize, it may be time to try something new. A vision board can help you manifest everything from your dream career, to clear skin, to a loving relationship. It can help you turn your goals into reality, but only if you do it right. Want to reap the magic of vision boarding? Here’s how to make a vision board that actually works in 7 steps!
What Is a Vision Board?
A vision board is a collage that’s filled with images, words, and affirmations that inspire you to achieve your dreams. It’s a powerful manifestation tool that can be digital or physical, and speaks to the future you want to create. A vision board is essentially a visual representation of your goals. It can include goals for travel, career, love life, home, money, fitness, or whatever other area you’d like to work on in your life.
Don’t confuse a vision board with a mood board. While a mood board is a visual tool used for things such as decorating a room or planning a wedding, a vision board captures your life direction. It represents where you see yourself in the future- the career you have, the home you own, the engagement ring or car you want. They prime your mind and push you to act towards whatever comes next.
What Can a Vision Board Be Used For?
1. Goal Setting
A vision board can help you get clear on your goals and set intentions for what you want to achieve in your life. Think about the year ahead and consider what goals you want to reach. This can be anything from bigger goals like launching a business or taking a trip to Europe, to smaller wish list items such as a pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. Find photos that match your goals so you can have a visual representation of what you want to accomplish to look at everyday.
A vision board can help you achieve your goals and dreams, but it won’t happen just because you place some photos on a board. For successful manifestation you have to set your intention, believe that it will become a reality, then take active steps towards making it happen. Looking at a vision board daily helps remind you of what you’re trying to achieve and keeps it at the forefront of your mind to help you take action.
3. Motivation and Productivity
If you’re ever feeling a lack of motivation, take some time to sit down and take in your vision board. Let it re-inspire you to take steps toward your goals, no matter how big or small. If your productivity is lacking or you’re feeling stuck, connecting with your goals can increase your productivity and inspire you to get moving.
7 Vision Board Essentials to Invest In
- Poster board (any size)
- Magazines (home, style, food, wellness)
- Printer for online images
- Glue stick
- Coloured pens
How to Make a Vision Board that Actually Works
1. Write Down Your Goals
Take some time to reflect on your life right now and where you want to be. Ask yourself what’s making you happy currently and what you would like to change. What’s working and what isn’t?
Perhaps you feel very happy and secure in your relationship, but you want to start a business you’re passionate about because you’re feeling stuck at your job. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to travel to South East Asia, and are determined to make it happen this year. Perhaps you feel great about your workout schedule, but you want to cook more at home.
Write down big goals and dreams, as well as smaller wish list type items. Once you have everything written down, you can prioritize what you want to happen above all else, and create a more defined list. You want to make sure you get your most important goals (not necessarily your biggest goals) on your board and then you can fill it in with other items if you have the space.
2. Find Images
Now it’s time to find photos that represent your goals. Look through magazines as well as image-heavy social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest. You can search for keywords to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s a certain decor style for your home, a puppy breed you want, or a photo that portrays a career goal you want to hit. Also look for words, affirmations, and quotes that act as reminders to live your best life. Don’t forget- you can also use photos you’ve taken yourself!
3. Have a Vision Boarding Night
Once you have all your images and supplies, set aside a night to create your vision board. Light some candles, play your go-to music or put on your favourite movie in the background. Create a cozy atmosphere with no distractions. Lay out your photos first before gluing them onto your board so you can move things around if needed. Once you’ve figured out the perfect arrangement you can start assembling your board. Glue the images on one by one and watch your vision come together.
4. Make it Aesthetic
Once you’ve glued all your images on, you can use markers or pens to write anything you want on the board. Maybe it’s your words of the year like ‘balance’, ‘gratitude’ or ‘bloom’, or intentions, such as being more mindful. You can also add fun embellishments like ribbon, sequins, or glitter. Make it your own!
5. Consider a Digital Vision Board
If a digital vision board is more your vibe, that’s totally fine! Save images on your laptop, and instead of printing them out, use them to create a digital collage. You can use an app like Canva to assemble your images into the perfect visual. Consider setting your digital vision board as your laptop background display so you see it every time you open your laptop. It’s a great daily reminder of your goals.
6. Place it Somewhere You’ll See it Everyday
Display your vision board somewhere you’ll see it regularly. Looking at your vision board daily is key to making it work. It will remind you of your goals and dreams, and urge you to work toward them. Place it in your bedroom, office space, or anywhere else you know you can look at it frequently.
7. Use it as a Guide
For your vision board to work, you need to take action towards your goals. Use it as a guide or roadmap to figure out what you need to do to make your dreams a reality. Create an action plan for the goals on your board, review your board regularly, journal about your goals, and practice visualization exercises. Once you have an action plan in place, get support in areas you would benefit from and continue to work towards the life you want.
A vision board can be a powerful tool, but you have to put in the work to make it work for you! Use these tips to get the most out of your vision board this year.
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